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First State of the Union speech by President Obama: 'We face a deficit of trust'
"This year, I will work with Congress and our military to finally repeal the law that denies gay Americans the right to serve the country they love because of who they are," he said.
The president vowed to work with members of Congress to reform schools and revamp the education law known as No Child Left Behind. And he pressed lawmakers to pass student loan legislation that would provide new money for college tuition and community colleges.
Toward the end of the speech, Obama urged action on immigration, saying that work should continue on what he called a "broken" system.
Republicans went into the State of the Union address -- a constitutionally required update to Congress that the president usually delivers each January -- saying they planned to be more courteous to Obama than they were last year, when Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) shouted "you lie" at him during a speech. House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) told his caucus members during a meeting on Wednesday morning that the president "should be treated with respect," Republican aides said.
Newly elected Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell delivered the Republican response from the state's House of Delegates chamber, calling for "results, not rhetoric" and "cooperation, not partisanship." But he also took aim at Obama's agenda, saying that "today, the federal government is simply trying to do too much."
Obama will take his message on the road in the week ahead, with trips to Florida and New Hampshire. He will fly to Tampa on Thursday to announce $8 billion in awards for high-speed rail construction in multiple states.
Staff writers Michael A. Fletcher, Ben Pershing and Shailagh Murray contributed to this report.